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This is the official BYMRR Model Railroad Blog Page containing many excellent articles all about model railroading - train tutorials, modeling techniques, layout scenery, wiring your railroad, automating your trains, building your layout benchwork, operating your trains and and links to model railroading supplies. Written by model railroad authorities on how to build a layout step-by-step.

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Contributions to this blog are very much encouraged and will be accepted after approval by the moderator. You may include a reference to your own website if it is related to model railroading or railfanning.  Include photos whenever possible. You may also include train products that you would like to sell.

To sell products on this site, you must first go to the Classified Page and enter your information, product and price.

Please remember that all submissions to this blog must be in good taste (nothing vulgar or derogatory) and must be about trains, railroads, model railroads, railfanning, model structures, etc.  All other entries will not be permitted.

The mission and goal of this model railroad blog is to enable interaction among model railroaders everywhere, to share information about the hobby to all those who are interested and to promote model railroading as a fantastic, enjoyable, artistic craft that enhances comradery and brings people together.


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This page will provide you with a listing of all the newest pages, changes, additions, new pictures, and recent comments from other viewers so you can keep up to date. We will plan to add and/or review new techniques, magazine articles, equipment, references and anything else that we think will be helpful to you in your endeavor to build the best model railroad possible. Contributions from other model railroaders are encouraged. We want this to be your website as much as it is ours. Sharing your stories here is the key to its success.

New and Updated Pages:

Apr 01, 2020

Tracks Issue #7 April, 2020

Tracks #7 - The BYMRR newsletter for model railroaders - news, tips, techniques, pics and vids, and more

Continue reading "Tracks Issue #7 April, 2020"

Mar 13, 2020

3D Printing

Looking for someone to make a special product or structure for your layout that you can't find anywhere else? Send your picture or drawing to John and he'll make it for you at a great price...

Continue reading "3D Printing"

Mar 13, 2020

The New Chandler Woodburning-Solder Tool

This new woodburning-soldering multipurpose tool by Chandler would be a great addition to your model railroading tool collection

Continue reading "The New Chandler Woodburning-Solder Tool"

Mar 07, 2020

BYMRR Photos on Flickr

I recently organized about 2600 of my model railroad photos on Flickr. You can even use them as a slideshow on your computer if you wish...
My Train photos

Mar 03, 2020

Kitbashing with Scale Plans

We've recently completed modeling the Monon Depot in Lafayette, Indiana. Someone mentioned to me that the main part of it looked like a bank, so I lopped

Continue reading "Kitbashing with Scale Plans"

Mar 01, 2020

Tracks-006 Issue #6 - March, 2020

This issue of Tracks-006 contains a ton of new tips, pics and videos all about model railroading.

Continue reading "Tracks-006 Issue #6 - March, 2020"

Feb 29, 2020

Lionel O Scale Hopper -Black

Another great Lionel product, used but in very good condition. O Scale hopper obtained from Mike Basto's antique train collection. Not sure when this

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Feb 27, 2020

0-6-0 Vintage Steam Locomotive and 3 Passenger Cars

Price: $40.00 for the locomotive and 3 passenger cars. This old vintage Lionel O-scale steam-powered passenger train was found in a friend's attic along

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Feb 27, 2020

O Scale Rail Car

This is a used O scale railcar made by Lionel. It is in very good condition. Would like to get $15 for it which includes shipping. Send me an email if

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Feb 17, 2020

Chandler Heat Gun Review

This is a product review of the Chandler Heat Gun.

Continue reading "Chandler Heat Gun Review"

Feb 16, 2020

MTH Rail King RDC Budd 2 car add on set O gauge

This is an MTH Rail King RDC Budd 2 car add on set (non powered) O gauge (O/027) The markings are Port Authority of Allegheny County, from the Pittsburgh/Monongahela

Continue reading "MTH Rail King RDC Budd 2 car add on set O gauge "

Feb 07, 2020

Glue Gun Review

This is a product review of the Chandler 100 watt glue gun

Continue reading "Glue Gun Review"

Feb 02, 2020

Tracks Issue #5

February, 2020 Issue #5 of Tracks - a free monthly newsletter full of tips, techniques, photos and videos to enhance your enjoyment of model railroading.

Continue reading "Tracks Issue #5"

Jan 28, 2020

Problems with paint adhering to models?

Tip from Model Railroad Hobbyist:

Sometimes model pain doesn't want to adhere well to models. To remedy this, you can spray the area you want to paint with an adhesion promoter that you can buy at most auto supply stores. Before it dries, use whatever color spray paint you wish to use. It must be spray paint. You can't paint over it with a brush.

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Jan 22, 2020

Tracks Preview:



Here is a preview of the topics coming up in the new February Issue of Tracks...

Uncoupling Tips

How to Install a DCC Decoder in Any Locomotive

Building Decks to Hide Switch Machines

How to Get Trains to Run More Smoothly

How to Use Natural Materials to Create the Best Scenery

More Pics from the Layouts We Love

Videos of the Month

Upcoming Train Shows and Events

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Jan 03, 2020

Model Railroad Control Panel

How to make a model railroad control panel with remote turnout switches, accessory switches, turntable controls, etc. for your model railroad layout.

Continue reading "Model Railroad Control Panel"

Jan 03, 2020

Blue Ridge and Southern Model Railroad Photos and Videos

Here are some photos and videos of my BR&S RR - a work in progress, but also a labor of love.

Continue reading "Blue Ridge and Southern Model Railroad Photos and Videos"

Dec 28, 2019

Tracks #004

A free monthly newsletter all about model railroading from the author(s) of Building-Your-Model-Railroad.com

Continue reading "Tracks #004"

Dec 23, 2019

Model Train Supplies

Many of the model train supplies that you will need to build your model railroad can be found on this page.

Continue reading "Model Train Supplies"

Dec 20, 2019

Christmas and Trains

I ran this article on the Blog a few years ago. When I reread it again recently it was still fun to be reminded of this history. So I thought my BYMRR readers might like to see it again...


Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year!
From www.BYMRR.com

--> Here is a great article about the history of toy trains and model railroading and why trains are so commonly associated with Christmas...

Continue reading "Christmas and Trains"

Dec 12, 2019

How to Reduce Risk from Common Driving Infractions

Here is another article on our series of "Using Technology for Safety in Transportation".

Driver safety is one of the biggest challenges fleet managers face today due to the frequency of road accidents.netradyne.com

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Dec 11, 2019

Drive-In Theater

How to build an actual working drive-in theater for your model railroad layout.

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Dec 08, 2019

Actual N Scale working Drive In Movie Theatre

Have built three N scale layouts, 3 x 4, 4 x 4 and 3 x 6, basically all from scratch. The pics attached are from my 4 x 4 layout and depict an actual

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Dec 05, 2019

Using Technology for Safety in Transportation

This article is not directly related to model railroading, but it does have to do with real-world safety of transportation workers. I figure any way that we can use technology to make things safer for these and other employees, especially if it's efficient and affordable, should be promoted or at least made discoverable by those in the field where it could be studied and considered.

Continue reading "Using Technology for Safety in Transportation"

Dec 01, 2019

Tracks

Tracks - a model railroad newsletter containing new tips, pics and tricks published every month to help model railroaders everywhere to better enjoy the hobby.

Continue reading "Tracks"

Nov 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving to all of my model railroading colleagues, supporters, visitors and friends. I am always amazed to see that I have so many visitors from all around the world. Without all of you, there would be no need for this site. So, I truly appreciate all your visits and I hope to continue to provide as much new information as I can to help you enjoy the hobby even more in the months and years ahead. Enjoy the Season and Happy Railroading!

Nov 24, 2019

Model Railroad Decals

How to find and use model railroad decals for a more realistic train layout.

Continue reading "Model Railroad Decals"

Nov 21, 2019

Sound Effects for Model Railroads

All about sound effects for model railroads, including various sound systems available, and tips on creating your own railroad sound system.

Continue reading "Sound Effects for Model Railroads"

Nov 17, 2019

New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

NYBG is ramping up for another great Holiday Train Show. If you live in New York or are visiting there for the Holidays, you must see this! I promise you will be amazed and awe-inspired. The show starts on November 23 this year.

Continue reading "New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show"

Nov 17, 2019

Lehigh Valley Model Railroad - Wyoming Division

Chuck Davis' Lehigh Valley Model Railroad, Wyoming Division, is every modeler's dream layout - a great inspiration!

Continue reading "Lehigh Valley Model Railroad - Wyoming Division"

Nov 15, 2019

Model Railroad Software

Various types of model railroad software are available which may be helpful for developing actual or virtual layouts.

Continue reading "Model Railroad Software"

Nov 12, 2019

Upcoming Train Shows and Events

Check out the planned train shows and events scheduled around the Holidays! Find one near you!

Continue reading "Upcoming Train Shows and Events"

Nov 09, 2019

Model Railroad Yard

This page contains all the ins and outs about building a basic model railroad yard for your train layout.

Continue reading "Model Railroad Yard"

Oct 31, 2019

Tracks

A digital newsletter containing lots of new or updated tips and information about model railroading

Continue reading "Tracks"

Oct 30, 2019

Model Railroad Photos: Tutorial

All about how to take great model railroad photos – the best tools and techniques.

Continue reading "Model Railroad Photos: Tutorial"

Oct 27, 2019

New Web Design

BYMRR has undergone some major design changes. But don't worry, the content is all still here. You can find all your favorite pages either from the Navigation Bar on the top or on the left side. Also, you can use the Search Page. I hope you like the new design. Let me know if you have any problem with it.

Oct 15, 2019

BYMRR Survey

Survey of the BYMRR website to gain input from viewers on what they would like added or changed to make the site more useful to them.

Continue reading "BYMRR Survey"

Oct 09, 2019

Model Railroad Turntable

How to add a model railroad turntable to your train layout

Continue reading "Model Railroad Turntable"

Oct 07, 2019

Train Songs

Have you ever noticed how many train songs there are out there? There must be hundreds, if not thousands, in all genres of music. It just goes to show you how much trains and railroads have been part of our lives. Airplanes and ships aren't referred to in songs nearly as much as trains. There is something nostalgic and romantic about trains, sad and happy at the same time - taking lovers away and bringing them home. A great website All About Vinyl Records written by a friend of mine, Danny Sandrik, includes a section about train songs. What a great walk down memory lane it is to hear great musicians play these not-so-old train songs! Check it out...

Continue reading "Train Songs"

Oct 01, 2019

Train Art: The Art of Model Railroading

Train Art: photos, paintings and posters to inspire you as you build your empire.

Continue reading "Train Art: The Art of Model Railroading"

Sep 29, 2019

Model Railroad Backdrop

How to make a model railroad backdrop.

Continue reading "Model Railroad Backdrop"

Sep 23, 2019

Seaboard Railroad Station

This restored railroad station in Suffolk is now a museum containing a large 2-room model railroad accurately depicting the area and the time when the station was at its peak.

Continue reading "Seaboard Railroad Station"

Sep 22, 2019

Easily made pine trees

See youtube how i make the big number of fast made nice pine trees. http://youtu.be/-xu9OoMBTyI After some practice i make about 10 in an hour, costing

Continue reading "Easily made pine trees"

Sep 10, 2019

Building Your Model Railroad

Your favorite model railroading website has been undergoing major renovations and improvements in recent weeks! Links fixed. Many pages updated. Pages load much faster. And More. If you haven't been here for a while, it might be worth a recheck...

Continue reading "Building Your Model Railroad"

Sep 06, 2019

3D Printing

3D printing is a great way to create unique 3D models or parts for your miniature model railroad in any scale.

Continue reading "3D Printing"

Jul 25, 2019

Building a Website

Describes the basic process of building a website for your model railroad club or to display your own train layout, and what's required to accomplish this.

Continue reading "Building a Website"

Jul 21, 2019

Lionel Double Tower Floodlights

I am building a baseball stadium with lights. I recently purchased 2 Lionel Pug and Play Double Floodlight Towers (6-82013). I am confused on how to supply

Continue reading "Lionel Double Tower Floodlights"

May 01, 2019

Question

Hi, I purchased HP0587 (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Evemodel-New-1-87-Model-Train-ho-scale-diy-Universal-Train-Undercarriage-accessories-HP0587-model-building/32824012590.html) from aliexpress. Now, clueless how to fix it to engine chassis as the undercarriage does not have any screw/nut or slot to do this. Please help me on this if someone has got any idea/experience. mailto:ranjaymit@gmail.com

Aug 19, 2018

Wiring Tip

Mark sends in this wiring tip...

In the communications world, common practice is to home run everything to a punch block. Run wiring controls to a second block. Cross connect the two as needed. If you make a mistake wiring, fix it at the cross connect point. Works for me!------------------------------


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